“… two refreshing comedies comes to Copake

 with The Two Of Us Productions! ”

COPAKE, NY –The Two Of Us Productions, the award winning theater company based in Columbia County NY, is pleased to present two wonderful one-act comedies from May 10th through May 19th 2019 at The Theater at The Grange in Copake NY.   First up are a selection of our favorite Skits from the Carol Burnett Show, followed by The Actor’s Nightmare by Christopher Durang.

Life is full of humor, especially when you know how to find it.  The script writers from The Carol Burnett Show worked with Carol and her cast to create scene after scene of warm humor loosely based on everyday situations.  They’ve made their television show scripts available for stage productions and The Two Of Us Productions is pleased to bring the classic humor of the original Carol Burnett Show to you on the stage of The Copake Grange.

The humor of Carol Burnett will be followed by another one-act comedy entitled The Actor’s Nightmare by the Obie & Tony Award winning playwright Christopher Durang.  Mr. Durang is an American playwright known for works of outrageous and often absurd comedy and The Actor’s Nightmare is one of his best.  Imagine falling asleep and suddenly finding yourself backstage at a theater you’ve never set foot in before & being greeted by the stage manager & several actors, all of whom think you’re the understudy for tonight’s performance.  Suddenly the lights go down, you’re quickly dressed in a costume, and then the stage manager shoves you onto the stage with a hastily whispered “Break a’ leg!”.  This is every actor’s nightmare and Christopher Durang brings it to hilarious life in The Actor’s Nightmare.

This pair of delicious one-act comedies features a strong & award-winning cast that includes   Constance Lopez, Diane Boice-Yorck, Cyndi Miller, Karissa Payson, Amy Hausknecht, Doug Dale, Brian Yorck, and Matt Leinung.  In Skits from the Carol Burnett Show all eight performers show their stuff as a performing ensemble.  In The Actor’s Nightmare our asleep and dreaming George Spelvin is played by Doug Dale.  Karissa Payson plays Meg, the slightly frantic stage manager.  Constance Lopez, Diane Boice-Yorck and Brian Yorck portray various roles in the sequence of plays-within-a-play, including: Connie as Amanda and Diane as Sybil in a slice of Private Lives, Brian & Doug in a disjointed segment of Hamlet, Diane & Doug in an off-kilter scene of Checkmate, and Doug, Diane, Connie, Brian & Karissa in the finale snippet from A Man For All Seasons.

Performances of Skits from the Carol Burnett Show & The Actor’s Nightmare are 2 weekends only – May 10th, 11th & 12th 2019, and the following weekend of May 7th, 18th & 19th, 2019.  Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30pm and Sunday matinees are at 3pm.  The comfortable & intimate Theater at The Grange is located at The Copake Grange, on Empire Road in downtown Copake NY across from the Clocktower Pub.  Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students & seniors, and $12 for groups & families.  For advance reservations visit www.TheTwoOfUsProductions.org or call 518-329-6293. Make your reservations early for the best seats on the date you want!

The Two Of Us Productions is well known throughout the Hudson Valley for presenting quality theater, both musicals and dramas.  Their recent productions of Young Frankenstein, Chicago, Les Miserables, Rumors, Lend Me A Tenor, next to normal, Mamma Mia! and Jesus Christ Superstar were all recognized by the Theatre Association of NYS with multiple awards, including outstanding work by the company & outstanding performance by the orchestra.